‘U’ opens COVID-19 emergency aid application

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 12:47pm

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An application for Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act emergency funding through the University is now available on the student self-service page in Wolverine Access. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor received $12.6 million for student aid from the federal CARES Act.

The one page application asks students to describe their reason for requesting emergency funds. Students must also list a cost for each COVID-19-related expense they seek assistance for.

Students who have filed a current FAFSA and meet the criteria for Title IV assistance are eligible for the emergency funds, according to the University’s website. International, DACA and undocumented students are ineligible for the federal emergency funding because they cannot complete a FAFSA. However, they can complete the application to be considered for other University aid. 

Costs that may be eligible to be covered include medical expenses, travel costs, housing, food, technology expenses required to study remotely, course materials, child care and health care, according to the University’s website. Students are encouraged, but not required, to provide supporting documentation related to unexpected expenses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples listed on the website include medical bills, travel receipts, employment disruption information, computing/technology expenses and unusual child care charges due to the shutdown. Students will receive funds within 15 business days through direct deposit and all payment decisions are final, according to the website. 

In an email to the Daily, University spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald noted the University of Michigan-Flint and University of Michigan-Dearborn received approximately $2.3 million and $3.4 million, respectively, for student aid through the CARES Act. Fitzgerald commented on the funding in the email.

“The emergency funding now available to the University of Michigan through the CARES Act will provide critical financial assistance to our students and to the institution during the unprecedented circumstances of the global health crisis we now face,” Fitzgerald wrote. “The direct-to-student emergency funding will provide much-needed emergency grants directly to students who qualify under the CARES Act requirements.”

Summer News Editor Calder Lewis can be reached at calderll@umich.edu.